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Called to Coach Recap: Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. (Nov. 1, 2013)
Last week on Called to Coach we featured Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.
Dr. Lopez is a Gallup Senior Scientist, the world’s leading researcher on hope, and author of Making Hope Happen.
Dr. Lopez first encountered Gallup and strengths when he met Dr. Donald O. Clifton, the father of strengths-based psychology and creator of the Clifton StrengthsFinder. While Dr. Clifton worked with strengths, Dr. Lopez focused on hope. They quickly formed a bond and found a common ground. As Dr. Clifton stated, “The more you do what you do best, the more hopeful you are.”
When asked about their hopes and dreams for the future, most people always mention two things: a good job and a happy family. Most people want a meaningful way to spend their time and talents, and they want good people with whom to share that time and those talents.
Some people believe that all they have to do to attain a good job and a happy family is take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. The reality is that completing the assessment is just the first step. Once you receive your top five, you have to use your strengths to do more of what you do best every day. After discovering your strengths and working to develop those strengths, you will become happier, more engaged, and more hopeful of the future.
Wake Up With Hope
One of the most critical lessons that Dr. Lopez gives on hope is that change only happens if you believe that the future can be better than the present. It’s important to wake up knowing that the day has potential and then use your strengths to capitalize on that potential.
Hope Predicts Success
Hope is the best predictor of success -- better than a person’s grade point average (GPA). If you aren’t hopeful for your future, other factors like your academic GPA are irrelevant.
Don’t miss the next Called to Coach on Friday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. EST, when we will feature strengths coach Kathy Kersten.
Dr. Lopez’s mission is to teach people that investing in their future pays off today. He is one of the most vocal advocates of the psychological reform of America’s education system, helping schools become human development centers that enable students to achieve the meaningful futures they say they really want, including a good job and a happy family.
Dr. Lopez’s top five strengths: Futuristic | Maximizer | Arranger | Ideation | Strategic